indulgence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French indulgence, or its source, Latin indulgentia.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈdʌld͡ʒəns/
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  • Hyphenation: in‧dul‧gence

Noun[edit]

indulgence (countable and uncountable, plural indulgences)

  1. the act of indulging
    • 1654, Henry Hammond, Of Fundamentals...
      will all they that either through indulgence to others or fondness to any sin in themselves, substitute for repentance any thing that is less than a sincere, uniform resolution of new obedience
    • 1922, Dhalla, Maneckji Nusservanji, Zoroastrian Civilization[1], page 220:
      As indulgence in several wives depended mainly on the length of a man's purse, the poor naturally contented themselves with monogamy.
  2. tolerance
  3. catering to someone's every desire
  4. something in which someone indulges
  5. An indulgent act; favour granted; gratification.
    • a. 1729, John Rogers, The Goodness of God a Motive to Repentance
      If all these gracious indulgences are without any effect on us, we must perish in our own folly.
  6. (Roman Catholicism) A pardon or release from the expectation of punishment in purgatory, after the sinner has been granted absolution.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 555:
      To understand how indulgences were intended to work depends on linking together a number of assumptions about sin and the afterlife, each of which individually makes considerable sense.

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indulgence (third-person singular simple present indulgences, present participle indulgencing, simple past and past participle indulgenced)

  1. (transitive, Roman Catholic Church) to provide with an indulgence

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indulgence f (plural indulgences)

  1. leniency, clemency
  2. (Roman Catholicism) indulgence